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I never stayed more than a few hours here, I was always thinking of Patra as just a big ugly city that had a major port connecting Greece with Italy... I was wrong!
Last time I went there I stayed three days and I discovered everything the city has to offer, many beautiful churches, a fortress up in the hill, pedestrian streets full of cafés etc You can walk everywhere between the main sites and if the temperature isn’t so high you can do it in one day but you wont have time for the museums, see a ceremony inside a church and above all relax in the cafes of the city or enjoy a dinner when the sun goes down. Two days will be better for you so you can overnight here and continue the day after with towns near by.

Patra is the capital of Achaia prefecture, located 212 km away from Athens, at NW part of Peloponese peninsula and it is the third largest city in Greece with about 225.000 inhabitants. The university of the city houses more than 40.000 students so the nightlife is also nice here. The weather is usually pleasant with humid summers and soft winters. There are two main parts in the city, Ano (upper) and Kato (lower) town linked with steps. Ano Poli (around the castle) used to be the Old Town while Kato Poli is the part of the city that was built after the 19th century near the port.
The Rio Antirio bridge at Rio suburb will take you to mainland of Greece if you want to continue north to Epirus region etc

Things To Do:

-The cathedral dedicated to apostle Andreas is the most important church but I visited several others, Pantokratoras church is impressive, the historical anglican church but some orthodox ceremonies in small churches was also great.
-The lighthouse
-walk in the city center to the main squares, Vas Georgiou A and Vas Olgas
-walk from the sea up at Agiou Nikolau street, stop for a coffee and continue up to the hill to reach the castle
-Around the Pantokratoras church is the old part of the city, you can see the ancient theatre and other sites from the roman era
-visit Achaia Clauss, taste the famous local wine and buy some bottles of it
-check the modern Rio bridge, a mechanical masterpiece

History:

Patras was always the cosmopolitan centre of mediteranean sea. The name Patras (Patra in greek, Patrai in ancient greek) probably came from the mythical Patreas, leader of the Achaians who came from Sparta. The ancient city was formed where Aroe town lies today. It wasn’t any other than just a small town until the Roman era when a big roman colony settled here and you can still see erections of that era (the Odeum is the most important). Emperor Augustus gave the locals freedom and selfgovernemt like the romans. Of course, the city is also known as the place where St Andrew was martyred by crucifixion. The city was started to decline when the Constantinople begun the capital of Roman empire (330AD) and was conquered by Slavs, Franks, Venetians(1408) and Otomans(1458). It was destroyed during the greek revolution(1821) and it was set free in 1828. It was built again by Kapodistrias the first governor of independent Greece.
In our days it’s the main commercial and cultural city of western Greece and the main gate to Italy and west Europe. It has a big university and its carvival in February is the most famous in Greece. River Glaykos is the biggest river in the area, coming from Panachaikos mountain and supplies with power the hydroelectric factory of Glaykos, the oldest of its kind in Greece.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:many interesting churches, ideal base for the general area
  • Cons:ugly in some parts
  • In a nutshell:more than just a port
  • Last visit to Patras: Feb 2010
  • Intro Updated Jul 25, 2013
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  • isolatedpawn's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    despite some negative feedback thanks for brining me there. It looks nice tO me

  • Aug 9, 2011 at 8:26 AM

    I live in Patras ,hoepfully not for much longer,and I must say that it is a typical Greek eparchiaki city...nothing to see ,nothing to do unless you count the numerous cafes as places to visit...ugly ,ugly city without trees,parks,dirty

  • rozehill's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    Fantastic tips, very helpful

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    Great page!

  • viajeras2's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Uff Patras!! very nice place to visit!.. lovely city and people.. I have a good friend there!

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2010 at 11:24 PM

    That's amazing you re-discovered Petras and found it beauty --- and I haven't been reviewing tips lately but your tips are so well-done! Very good!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    Its wonderful to see and learn about new places. Thanks for sharing your wonderful adventures. Excellent page!

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    very interesting page, glad we don't have part of the pope's head here. odd that the church forbid translation of the bible also noted. and nice picture. not a boring town at all.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    Thank you Konstantinos for bringing back sweet memories about this wonderful city which I was lucky to see three years ago in a very short visit! I well remember the St Andrew Cathedral and the Rio bridge. No wonder you met so many Andreas there, haha!

  • Aitana's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    Konstantine, your page and tips are a really good report of Patras. You brought me back fond memories! I think many Greeks have to discover this city.

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